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TODAY'S NEWS
EC publish copyright term extension proposals
EC stands by need for further collecting society reform
Thirty blinded at Russian festival
Lou Pearlman owes 300 million
New witness in Spector trial
Barenaked Page admitted taking cocaine
Nate Dogg pleads not guilty to stalking charges
Natalie Cole contracts hepatitis C
Ashcroft struck down
Ronnie Wood enters rehab
Police locate fake Dave Lee Roth
The Game is over
De La Rocha launches new project
Simian to work with Monkeys
Barat talks collaborations and Libertines
Single review: M83 - Kim & Jessie
Kinks man writes musical
Radiohead go behind the scenes of new video
Nintendo launch 'Guitar Hero' competitor
Metallica launch album via 'Guitar Hero'
Most played song revealed
Next year's T tickets - first batch sold out
Camp Bestival sold out
Lovebox Saturday sold out
Oasis, Madness for knife crime gig
EMI outsource distribution
PPL sign reciprocal deal with Belgium society
Live review: Unkle at Somerset House on 12 Jul
Abba man forgot Eurovision
Piers Morgan could sort out Britney
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WE HAVE BAND
We've been meaning to cover We Have Band in the SNAP column for a while (in truth, we thought we already had), but having been completely absorbed by 'Oh' and 'Hear It In The Cans' for the past week or so it seems just the right time to tip the unsigned London trio, who are on for a single release of 'HIITC' through Kitsune in October. And despite missing their set at London's Macbeth by minutes last week, we still spotted at least one scout from EMI in tow, which should make an interesting press spin should any deal be on the cards given that all members were former employees at the major. They're certainly an exciting prospect, anyway, working influences from Warp's punk-funk types !!! to the disco legend Arthur Russel and electro heroes Hot Chip into their repertoire. If this sounds like your thing, then pay a visit to their page, linked below, where they're streaming four songs and giving away a free download of 'Oh'.

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EC PUBLISH COPYRIGHT TERM EXTENSION PROPOSALS
Good news for fans of long copyright terms. As expected, the European Commission yesterday formally proposed to extend the copyright term for recordings from 50 years to 95 years, bringing European recording copyrights in line with the US.

As much previously reported, the record industry and recording artist community have been lobbying hard for an extension in their copyright term, wary that many of the legendary rock n roll recordings of the late fifties and early sixties are about to come out of copyright. That lobbying effort was dealt a blow in the UK when the government-commissioned Gowers Review of copyright law decreed the current fifty-year term was ample. But their campaign gained a new momentum earlier this year when the EC's Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy gave his support to a term extension.

It was McCreevy's proposals that were officially released yesterday. Referencing the fact that composers get a copyright term of life plus seventy years, he said that performers were the "poor cousins of the music business", adding that: "I am committed to concentrate all necessary efforts to ensure that performers have a decent income and that there will be a European-based music industry in the years to come". The proposals - specifics of which I am still to work out - would need to get the approval of the European Parliament and each national government in the EU to become law. As it would require a change to the UK Copyright Act the whole thing would also have to go through our parliament.

Despite McCreevy's formal proposal document being the first step in a considerable legislative journey, all the trade bodies and collecting societies whose members have a vested interest in a longer recording copyright term lined up to say "hurrah" and "woo" and "jolly good show". Or words to that effect.

Fran Nevrkla of recording royalty collecting society PPL said: "We welcome these extremely positive developments. The issue of copyright term extension is long overdue but finally the draft proposals recognise the critical and hitherto missing elements of natural justice and fairness both for performers as well as the companies who invest in the talent".

John Kennedy, top man at the International Federation Of The Phonographic Industry, said: "Commissioner McCreevy has shown great vision and determination in taking this important initiative which is vital to the competitiveness of the European music sector. Equalising term of protection with the US will achieve fairness for European artists and promote industry investment in new talent, with a positive impact on consumer choice".

Helen Smith of pan-European indie label trade body IMPALA added: "Equalising term of protection with the US is an excellent opportunity for Europe to promote creative SMEs in particular and further progress towards Europe's goal of becoming a leading knowledge-based society. Those most affected by this proposal will be hundreds of thousands of individual artists, as well as thousands of micro, small and medium-sized music companies which produce so much of the innovative music released in Europe today".

Feargal Sharkey in his British Music Rights CEO role said: "I am especially pleased that today's announcement focuses on the 'invisible' members of our industry - the musicians, engineers and session players whose names are hidden away in the liner notes and credits. It is they, and not just 'featured' artists and record labels, who could derive real benefits from this move - and at a time in life when their earning power would be severely diminished".

Despite all that, most industry players said they saw McCreevy's document as just a starting point in addressing music copyright issues. The IFPI and IMPALA's joint statement said "The Commission proposal needs further work if it is to be effective. IFPI and IMPALA are committed to working with the EU institutions to iron out the remaining issues in the proposal to make it workable for both performers and producers". Meanwhile Sharkey concluded thus: "This is only a first step. A healthy copyright system not only requires equilibrium between creator and consumer, but also between creator and investor. British Music Rights will do all it can to assist the Commission and all music industry sectors directly involved, and looks forward, where appropriate, to taking a full and more active role in that process".

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EC STANDS BY NEED FOR FURTHER COLLECTING SOCIETY REFORM
Elsewhere in European affairs news, less happiness among the publishing collecting societies represented by globally focused trade body CISAC.

As previously reported, CISAC were in Brussels recently to oppose moves by the European Commission to force national collecting societies to be more competitive, and to offer more easy-to-use pan-European licences. Some collecting societies and major music publishers have already made some moves towards offering pan-European licences in the digital domain, but EC officials want more measures to be taken to overcome the current situation where national collecting societies arguably operate a virtual monopoly in terms of offering licensees' access to music within their home country.

CISAC, I think, fear that forcing the collecting societies to compete more across Europe will favour the big societies over the small, which will in turn have a negative impact on the artist communities in the countries represented by smaller societies.

But the EC says it stands by its mission to force more competition in the collecting society sector, rejecting CISAC's objections, and reaffirming its commitment to measures that will, in their opinion, stop "societies from restricting competition". The Commission said its decision "recognises the valuable role of collecting societies and does not challenge the existence of the reciprocal representation agreements. It does, however, prohibit certain aspects of those agreements as well as concerted practices among collecting societies".

CISAC, obviously, aint pleased with the result, telling reporters: "Whilst it is true that the [EC's] approach to territoriality will inevitably lead to a catastrophic fragmentation of repertoire and therefore to legal uncertainty for music users it is the Commission's assertions that the decision is somehow in the creative community's interest which has been of particular surprise to CISAC. CISAC and its members continue to count the full costs of the Commission's decision - not just on the world's 2.5 million creators whose interests have been jeopardised by the Commission's stance on territoriality, but also on users".

On the other side of the debate, the European Digital Media Association, who have been lobbying for more forced competition to overcome what they see as a collecting society cartel that screws their members' attempts to launch viable online music services, said the EC's latest decision "is an important step toward ensuring a pro-growth and competitive environment in Europe for all players in the online music value chain from artists to consumers".

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THIRTY BLINDED AT RUSSIAN FESTIVAL
At least twelve, and possibly as many as thirty people were blinded at a festival in Russian earlier this month after lasers were reflected into their eyes.

Due to poor weather, the organisers of the Aquamarine Open Air Festival in Kirzhach erected large tents, but neglected to reprogram the lightshow for indoor use. As a result, the lasers, which were programmed to light up the sky, instead reflected off the tent's canopy and into the eyes of festival-goers below. The blindness was seemingly temporary, though required special treatment to fix.

One victim told TV station NTV: "I could see out of my left eye, but my right eye is all fog". Elena Grishina, head doctor at the Moscow Ophthalmological Hospital added: "It is just a deterioration in the sharpness of the eyesight, not a burn. The treatment is not very pleasant. It involves a lot of needles".

Officials say that the event did not obtain the proper permits and those injured are now planning to take legal action against its organisers.

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LOU PEARLMAN OWES 300 MILLION
The man behind the Backstreet Boys and 'Nsync, that Lou Pearlman chap, swindled no less than $300 million out of banks, investors and old people, it has been revealed. As you'll remember, the former pop mogul's business empire collapsed last year as it emerged he had been keeping things afloat with what amounted to an elaborate pyramid scheme. He finally gave himself up to the feds, of course, and the authorities have since been working with him to work out just how much he had scammed out of his former investors and affiliates - that aforementioned and rather awe-inspiring $300m. Jailed for 25 years, Pearlman will now have to figure out how he can begin to pay those monies back, which aint gonna be easy - unless the money to be made from managing prison bands is more than it used to be.

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NEW WITNESS IN SPECTOR TRIAL
Prosecutors have found a new witness willing to testify against Phil Spector in his upcoming retrial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson - though it's another one of those witnesses who will say Spector is prone to make threats with guns when alone with women, of which there are already five, so I'm not sure it will make much difference.

Norma Kemper, who worked as Spector's assistant in 1996, says that the producer once took her to dinner at LA restaurant Dan Tana's, the same restaurant he took Clarkson to the night she died. During the meal he got drunk and made sexual advances towards her. When she turned him down he revealed a gun beneath his jacket and said, "You know, I could kill you right now".

Spector's new lawyers are reportedly trying to stop both Kemper and the other women who provided similar stories at the producer's first trial from testifying this time round. As previously reported, Spector's second murder trial is due to take place this Autumn - the first one resulted in a mistrial after the jury couldn't reach a unanimous decision as to Spector's role - or not - in Clarkson's death.

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BARENAKED PAGE ADMITTED TAKING COCAINE
Despite assertions by his manager that Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page would be fully exonerated of the previously reported drugs charges brought against him, it's been revealed, due to court documents filed in New York State that the singer admitted that he had been snorting cocaine prior to his arrest in the early hours of Friday morning.

One of the two women also arrested, Stephanie Ford, also confirmed that Page had used a rolled Canadian note to inhale the drug, which had been stored in capsules in a calcium supplement bottle. Page apparently admitted that the bottle contained cocaine, not calcium, when quizzed on the issue by the arresting officers. Police say Page had more than a quarter ounce of the drug with him and later charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance, of course. He will appear in court next month.

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NATE DOGG PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO STALKING CHARGES
Nate Dogg has pleaded not guilty to those previously reported charges of stalking and threatening his estranged wife. The rapper, real name Nathaniel Hale, is, of course, still recovering from a stroke, and arrived in a wheelchair for his appearance at court in Compton, in Los Angeles County. His attorney requested that Hale remain free in order to continue with ongoing treatment for the aforementioned stroke, but prosecutors think he's still a threat, and I think it's with that in mind that the court commissioner doubled his bail.

Hale will appear in court again in early August.

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NATALIE COLE CONTRACTS HEPATITIS C
Natalie Cole has revealed that she has Hepatitis C, which she seemingly contracted through drug use over two decades ago. The singer was addicted to LSD, cocaine and heroin before cleaning up during a lengthy stay in rehab in 1984. The disease was only discovered recently during a routine examination.

Cole said: "I've been so fortunate to have learned so much from my past experiences. I am embraced by the love and support of my family and friends. I am committed to my belief in myself and in my abiding faith to meet this challenge with a heartfelt optimism and determination. This is how I intend to deal with this current challenge in my life".

Dr Graham Woolf, Associate Clinical Professor Of Medicine at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in the US, said: "Natalie has had a terrific response to her medication and is now virus negative. This gives her an increased chance of cure. But, she has also suffered significant side effects from the anti-viral medicine".

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ASHCROFT STRUCK DOWN
The Verve were forced to cancel their performance at yesterday's Italia Wave Festival because Richard Ashcroft has contracted pharyngitis (otherwise known as a sore throat) and a chest infection. In a statement on their website the band said: "The Verve wish to apologise to any fans who have bought tickets and hope to be playing again soon".

In other Verve news, the band have now officially announced that their new album with be called 'Forth' (and not 'Fourth', 'Four' or 'Third', as had been announced in other publications - never here, though, we should add) and will be released on 25 Aug. The album will be available in various versions, including a deluxe box set, which will be available only from The Verve's official online store.

Here's the tracklisting:

Sit And Wonder
Love Is Noise
Rather Be
Judas
Numbness
I See Houses
Noise Epic
Valium Skies
Columbo
Appalachian Springs

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RONNIE WOOD ENTERS REHAB
A spokesman for Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood has revealed that the guitarist has gone into rehab to "seek help" for his much talked about (this week, anyway) drinking problem. The spokesperson said: "Following Ronnie's continued battle with alcohol he has entered a period of rehab. His close family and friends say he is seeking help and look forward to his recovery".

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POLICE LOCATE FAKE DAVE LEE ROTH
Police have tracked down a man in Canada who has been posing as Van Halen vocalist Dave Lee Roth. As you may remember (how could you forget?), police in stopped a man for speeding in a town near Ontario in Canada recently, only to discover that he was suffering an allergic reaction to nuts. He told police that he was Dave Lee Roth and managed to convince many people in the local hospital and bars, as well as the world's press, that he was the rock legend. It was only when it was pointed out that Roth had been performing with Van Halen in Madison Square Garden the night he was supposed to have been choking on peanuts that the story began to unravel.

It has now been revealed that the man posing as Roth was David Kuntz from Cambridge, Ontario. He was recognised by various people when his picture appeared in newspapers and contacted police. Friends and former classmates said that Kuntz had been a drummer in local band Majesty in the 80s and was often mistaken for Roth then.

However, it turns out that Kuntz has a much darker past than simply pretending to be someone he's not. In a 1988 murder trial, he was portrayed as a "svengali" who convinced one girlfriend to kill another. Kuntz had told his then partner, Kim Blinkhorn, that he intended to marry another woman, Rowena Parsons. Blinkhorn then purchased an eight inch carving knife and stabbed Parsons 70 times in front of Kuntz and Parsons' three year old daughter. Blinkhorn pleaded insanity and said Kuntz had controlled her and told her to kill Parsons. The victim's mother appeared as a defence witness, telling the court that Kuntz was "a liar, a con artist, a scam [whose] desire in life was to control people".

A school friend said: "I went to high school with the guy. We were sort of close friends and I know he gets people into trouble. He's a manipulator. He's never changed. He was always hustling and scamming. I think he's a sociopath. He's got a talent for finding people who are gullible".

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THE GAME IS OVER
Rapper The Game has insisted that he will not follow in the footsteps of every other rapper in the world ever and come out of retirement. He revealed last month that he would leave the music industry following the release of his third album next month. He told WENN: "I've missed a lot more of my family than I have rap in recent years and it's time to address the balance. I'm focused on the upbringing of my children. That's important to me. Jay-Z came out of retirement. I can't see that happening for me".

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DE LA ROCHA LAUNCHES NEW PROJECT
Rage Against The Machine's Zack De La Rocha and former Mars Volta drummer John Theodore have made the first track from their new project One Day As A Lion available on MySpace. Weirdly, or perhaps not, the song 'Wild International' sounds like an electronic version of RATM. The Duo's debut EP will be released via Anti on 21 Jul.

Listen here: www.myspace.com/onedayasalion

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SIMIAN TO WORK WITH MONKEYS
James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco has revealed that he has been hired to produce the third Arctic Monkeys album, reprising his work on the band's previous album, 'Favourite Worst Nightmare'. He told The Daily Star: "It's too early to say what sort of direction they'll go in next, but they've got at least one tune up their sleeves that sounds massive already. It's much more psychedelic than the first album. I wouldn't rule out a bit of RnB either - the boys know their stuff".

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BARAT TALKS COLLABORATIONS AND LIBERTINES
Carl Barat has been telling BBC 6music about various collaborations he is trying to get under way with Mark Ronson, John McClure from Reverend & The Makers and the supergroup he formed with Tim Burgess from The Charlatans and Klaxons' Jamie Reynolds, The Chavs.

He said: "I wanna do a track with [Ronson] for this film about northern soul music [but] I can't get hold of him. Maybe he is ignoring me, I don't know. [Also,] I'm just making a little dub record. To see how it goes, and if it's no good then well just leave it. It's just something I want to do and something [McClure] wants to do. [The Chavs' music] is gonna be our darker stuff that we haven't been able to do with our bands. I think, I mean the inspiration starting points were the later PiL records. The idea is everyone brings something to the table really and we just see how it goes. It might change completely, but The Chavs are not going to be too silly anymore".

He also spoke about the rapidly-becoming-tedious topic of a Libertines reunion (or lack of one), saying: "I'm open to doing something in the future. Well, we are going to have unfinished business... until we finish it. There's nothing on the horizon as we speak".

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SINGLE REVIEW: M83 - Kim & Jessie (EMI/Virgin)
'Kim & Jessie' comes on like a summer train, all breezy melodies, power drums and sunflower synths, harking back to a time when bands had monosyllabic names such as Ride, Curve, Moose, Ponce (okay, I made that last one up). Eschewing the instrumental post-rock electronica of their early material, and having overcome the identity crisis that was their third LP, M83's new direction, with the audible influence of uber-producer Ewan Pearson, fits like a glove. It's wonky pop, Jim, but not as we know it. More like shoegaze pop. Lyrically, it's Cocteau Twins-y, layered and lovely but mildly indecipherable, leading me to believe it's about two attractive young girls sharing their first kiss behind a haystack. But I could be wrong. Regardless it's a fine tune, and I urge you to seek it out. DEG
Release Date: 21 Jul
Press Contact: EMI IH [all]

Buy on iTunes

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KINKS MAN WRITES MUSICAL
The Kinks' Ray Davies is writing a new musical, entitled 'Come Dancing', which will premiere at the Theatre Royal in Stratford, east London later this year. The show will open on 13 Sep and run for six weeks. It is set in the 1950s around the Ilford Palais ballroom and will feature over twenty songs by Davies.

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RADIOHEAD GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF NEW VIDEO
In a bid to clear up all the confusion about what they meant when they said they'd filmed their new video without cameras (you can admit you were confused, it's okay), they've put up a behind the scenes film of the making of the video, for new single 'House Of Cards', on YouTube.

Check it out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyQoTGdQywY

You can view the video itself here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nTFjVm9sTQ

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NINTENDO LAUNCH 'GUITAR HERO' COMPETITOR
Nintendo have launched a new game at this year's E3 Media And Business Summit to rival the popular 'Guitar Hero' and Rock Band' franchises. The new game, which will reach shops later this year and is called 'Wii Music', will allow players to use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers on their Wii consoles to simulate over 60 different musical instruments and allow up to four players to form their own band. It seems to be more about improvisation than its competitors, giving users the chance to put their own spin on the available songs. Watching the demonstration video (linked below), it's not clear whether 'Wii Music' will feature the big name music tie-ins that have made 'Guitar Hero' and 'Rock Band' so popular. At the moment, it would appear not. Instead, you'll have the opportunity to play along with slightly rubbish-sounding traditional tunes and Nintendo themes.

Take a look here.

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METALLICA LAUNCH ALBUM VIA 'GUITAR HERO'
More from the music based gaming file, and Metallica will become the first band to simultaneously release an album in shops and through 'Guitar Hero' with their upcoming 'Death Magnetic' album.

In a statement on their website, the band said: "It's a first in both music and gaming, the same day that 'Death Magnetic' hits the streets, you'll be able to download every song from the album for 'Guitar Hero III'! We are so psyched that we'll be the first out of the gate with this simultaneous release. Who knows, maybe a few years from now this will be the norm when your favourite band's new record comes out. And for those of you who are anxiously awaiting the next 'Guitar Hero World Tour', we're ready for that too. You will be able to experience 'Death Magnetic' for drums, vocals, and guitar when that game emerges this Fall".

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MOST PLAYED SONG REVEALED
PRS have revealed the top ten most played songs in the UK over the last five years, based on TV, radio and online plays, as well as in venues. Coming out at number one is 'Bad Day' by Daniel Powter, followed by tracks from Kelly Clarkson and James Blunt. I can safely say that every one of these tracks has followed me around the bars, shops and coffee-haunts of the capital at one time or another in recent years.

Here's the full list:

1. Daniel Powter - Bad Day
2. Kelly Clarkson - Because Of You
3. James Blunt - You're Beautiful
4. Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin
5. Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars
6. Maroon 5 - This Love
7. Take That - Shine
8. Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
9. Will Young - Leave Right Now
10. Gwen Stefani - The Sweet Escape

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NEXT YEAR'S T TICKETS - FIRST BATCH SOLD OUT
Early bird tickets for next year's T In The Park sold out in under ten hours, organisers have said. Forty thousand tickets for the event, taking place from 10-12 Jul 2009, went on sale at midday on Tuesday and were all gone by the end of the day. No more tickets will be on sale now until the line up is announced early next year. DF Concert's Geoff Ellis says: "We are delighted to have been able to give so many T In The Parkers the opportunity to book their place at next year's festival and to have sold out in a single day. There was a terrific atmosphere onsite and staggering performances across all stages. We have already started organising next year's event and are already looking forward to it."

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CAMP BESTIVAL SOLD OUT
If you were planning to go to this weekend's Camp Bestival and hadn't got your ticket, then you're too late, it's all sold out. To be honest, if you really were intending to go, it would be a bit mental to have left it this late. Anyway, whatever, it's done, all weekend tickets are gone, and the last I heard there were only a handful of day tickets left.

As you may already now, given how we here at CMU have reported on it, the likes of Chuck Berry, The Flaming Lips, Kate Nash, Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, DJ Yoda, Coldcut, Billy Bragg, Hercules & Love Affair, Joe Lean & The Jing Jang Jong, The Black Kids and Ebony Bones, are amongst those on the bill for the event, which takes place at the lovely Lulworth Castle. And that's not all. You got The Laughter Library, The World's Largest Marching Band, Physics In The Field, Balearic Bollywood, The Dingly Dell Trail and Strummerville, you got a Kids Area, and you got Camp Bestival's Blue Coats led by the fantabulous Cuban Brothers on hand all weekend. You lot with your tickets are all going to have a great time, and I'm jealous.

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LOVEBOX SATURDAY SOLD OUT
More sold out events, now. Groove Armada's Lovebox Weekender, set to take place this weekend at London's Victoria Park, has sold out of standard Saturday tickets, as well as weekend tickets. Some VIP Saturday and weekend tickets are available, according to the website, as well as normal Sunday and VIP tickets. See www.lovebox.net for details.

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OASIS, MADNESS FOR KNIFE CRIME GIG
According to reports, Oasis and Madness are amongst the acts being lined up to appear at a London concert promoting knife crime awareness. The gig, apparently set to take place at the capital's Finsbury Park, is said to have the support of London mayor Boris Johnson and the Metropolitan Police. Other acts rumoured to be appearing include Lily Allen and Kelly Rowland.

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EMI OUTSOURCE DISTRIBUTION
EMI is following Universal's lead and outsourcing its distribution operations in the UK. They have appointed logistics firm CEVA to take over the distribution of their physical product. What that means for people working at the major's in-house distribution centre in Leamington Spa isn't clear - EMI say they are entering into a "consultation process" with affected staff members, but it isn't clear if CEVA will look to take some or all of them on. The major said its own distribution centre, opened in 1992, offered a "top quality service to UK retailers", but added: "as the music market continues to evolve and to ensure that EMI Music always operates as efficiently as possible, the decision has been taken to outsource these services to a specialist logistics company". CIVA already manage EMI's distribution in several other European territories, including Spain, Portugal, Germany and Austria.

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PPL SIGN RECIPROCAL DEAL WITH BELGIUM SOCIETY
UK recording royalty collecting society PPL has announced a reciprocal deal for performers with their Belgian counterparts URADEX. I know this because PPL's international man Laurence Oxenbury just said this: "Belgium is a diverse music market and is very open to UK repertoire and we are therefore delighted to put this agreement in place which has generated immediate receipts for our performer members".

There will be immediate 'receipts' for members because the reciprocal royalty deal will be backdated to 1996. Artists who will benefit include Belgium artists who have scored radio play over here like CJ Bowland and Technotronic, and those British artists who enjoy popularity in Belgium, which include a number of UK dance acts who actually do better over there than here.

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LIVE REVIEW: UNKLE at Somerset House on 12 Jul
Somerset House is one of those venues which should be magical - open air and in the splendid courtyard of a magnificent building, any concert there should be something special. Often, though, it doesn't quite work out that way, mainly because the fans of some of the bands who play would rather drink and chat than enjoy the music, making the whole thing resemble a rather large All Bar One beer garden. But, I'm pleased to say, not on this occasion, mainly because UNKLE were so loud they were impossible to ignore, performing a blistering set that left ears ringing and legs tired from dancing. James Lavelle's project has been going for nearly ten years now and he's been through almost as many collaborations as Mark Ronson. Here, though, it was Gavin Clarke who took on the majority of the vocal duties, though guest appearances from Badly Drawn Boy and Leila Moss (of support act The Duke Spirit) mixed things up a bit. There was a string section for a massive performance of 'Lonely Souls', while the band assembled rocked hard throughout, creating a wall of sound, immense and impressive. Seeing this show in a dingy club somewhere would have been intense and claustrophobic, but with the sky above us and the walls around us it transcended expectations. IM

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ABBA MAN FORGOT EUROVISION
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus has said he has no recollection of the band's winning performance of 'Waterloo' at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton. Or of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, in fact. And possibly not even 1974. He said he's struggled with his memory ever since ABBA became famous and has tried various unsuccessful methods to improve it, including hypnosis. He told The Mirror: "It's unbelievable but I do not remember standing on the stage. It's like I was not even there. People ask me if I am going to write my memoirs but, even if I wanted to, I would not be able. Many remember that moment, where they were, what they did, even how they felt. But not me".

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PIERS MORGAN COULD SORT OUT BRITNEY
Piers Morgan has said that he reckons he could easily get Britney Spears back on track, no doubt due to his long career in artist management. Oh no, sorry that should be due to his career as a tabloid editor and more recently, dubious talent picker. Telling OK! magazine that she'd be a great guest for his ITV chat show (yes, apparently he gets one of those, too), he added: "She's still got ability. I feel sorry for her. She needs someone like me to take charge of her career. I'd sort Britney out in a heartbeat."

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